WFP Mali Country Brief, March 2018

Report
from World Food Programme
Published on 31 Mar 2018

In Numbers

350 mt of food assistance distributed
USD 527,681 in cash-based transfer made
USD 62.2 million six months (April-September 2018) net funding requirements, representing 48 percent of total

175,571 people assisted in March 2018

Operational Updates

Implementation of the Transitional Interim Country Strategic Plan (T-ICSP) began in January 2018. The T-ICSP is based on seven strategic outcomes and aims to support the Government in achieving its National Development Plan (CREDD 2016–2018), the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 of Zero Hunger and SDG 17, Partnership.
According to the March 2018 Cadre Harmonisé, 390 000 people are in urgent need of food assistance, with this number rising to 930,000 from June 2018. These figures are higher than the projection made in November 2017. The increase in food insecurity is due to a poor agricultural harvest in some areas, persistent insecurity in northern and central Mali, a basic food basket which is 20-30 percent higher than the same time last year, all of which affect the poorest and most vulnerable households. In addition, insufficient water and low levels of biomass have led to early transhumance, increasing the strain on natural resources and risks of conflicts over resources. These factors have resulted in a deterioration in the food security situation.
In line with the T-ICSP Strategic Result 1 and 2, WFP aims to provide emergency and seasonal assistance to 155,000 vulnerable people starting from March. To combat the deteriorating situation, from June WFP will increase food assistance to 504,000. A total of 197,000 children aged 6-23 months and pregnant and lactating women will be assisted to prevent malnutrition. WFP plans to provide nutritious foods to 298,000 children aged 6-59 months and pregnant and lactating women to treat acute malnutrition.
WFP continues to provide food assistance for assets creation in the food-insecure areas vulnerable to agro-climatic shocks.
WFP Mali manages the UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) as part of its T-ICSP on behalf of the humanitarian community. From the Bamako base, UNHAS provides humanitarian air services to seven destinations: Timbuktu,
Gao, Bourem, Niafunke, Goundam and Menaka. In March 2018, UNHAS served 963 passengers and transported 2,320 kg of light cargo.